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RIP Jim Carroll, Grizzly Bear, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Hippos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 14, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GRIZZLY BEAR have a new video for "While You Wait for the Others."

NEKO CASE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set now streaming via NPR. Find out what a "shigby" is!

REGINA SPEKTOR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set now streaming via MPR.

YO LA TENGO's Ira Kaplan gives listening recommendations at Paste.

GANG OF FOUR singer Jon King gives ClashMusic a track-by-track tour of the band's classic debut, Entertainment!

JIM CARROLL, author of The Basketball Diaries, and "People Who Died," died. He was 60.

KANYE WEST stormed the stage of the MTV Music Video Awards, taking the microphone from Best Female Video Taylor Swift to announce Beyoncé deserved the award. Swift was seen hysterically crying backstage after Kanye's outburst. Kanye was promptly tossed from the VMAs after interrupting Swift's speech.

TEN MODERN ALBUMS INSPIRED BY SPRINGSTEEN, according to the Arizona Republic, with ebedded audio.

THE 25 BEST BEATLES SONGS, according to Entertainment Weekly, with embedded audio and video.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART lead singer/guitarist Kip Berman sat down with The A.V. Club to discuss the band's painfully long moniker, the lo-fi movement, and ripping off his favorite bands.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne continues criticizing Arcade Fire at The Independent.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The No. 1 movie this weekend was Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which made 24 million -- not nearly as big as his Madea Goes to Jail (40 million), but well in excess of its 13 million budget.  The animated 9 came in second with 10.9 million; it will likely recoup its 33 million budget in theaters before cashing in on DVD. Inglourious Basterds drops to the third slot, but sits just a few million short of Pulp Fiction's 108 million total. All About Steve came in fourth (surprising given the reveiews and word of mouth), dropping 48 percent to make 5.8 million. The Final Destination rounds out the Top Five, dropping 56 percent and making 5.5 million.  Below the fold, Sorority Row opened in sixth place with 5.3 million, with Whiteout debuting right behind it with 5.1 million.  Moral of the story: Kate Beckinsale does much better in a catsuit than in a parka. Who knew?

TOM BRADY and GISELE BUNDCHEN are expecting a child in December.

MEGAN FOX is trashed by anonymous Transformers crew members defending Michael Bay from her comments about the director.

TILA TEQUILA is lashing out at the San Diego D.A.'s office for their decision to not file criminal charges against her ex-boyfriend Shawne Merriman. Purely coincidentally, TMZ has obtained photos of her bruises taken the day after her alleged run-in with the NFL star.

MERYL STREEP tells The Times of London whether playing Julia Child improved her cooking, and why Hollywood does not trust "chick flicks."

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the latest mo-cap animated flick from Robert Zemeckis, starring Jim Carrey, has a trailer online, hinting at how it will exploit the Disney 3-D tech.

PENELOPE CRUZ denies pregnancy rumors.

LARRY GELBART, the award-winning comedy writer best known for developing the landmark TV series "MASH," co-writing the book for the hit Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and co-writing the classic movie comedy "Tootsie," died Friday morning. He was 81.

BRUCE CAMPBELL says Spider-Man 4 starts shooting in January, with a bigger part for him.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES cast was nabbed by police for vamping it up and distracting passing motorists during a promotional photo shoot last month in Georgia. Free head shots!

STEPHEN FRY creates a best-seller with a single tweet.

HIPPOS MAKE LOVE: Let's go to the video.

CELEBRITY PARROT attacked a police officer after its owner was pulled over for driving with the bird perched on her shoulder.

LEVITATING MICE could lead to advances in treating bone loss for astronauts living for extended periods in low gravity environments.

SMOKA the CAT, presumed to have perished in a fire, was found alive last week, 26 days after a blaze broke out in her owner's apartment building in Franklin, Ohio.

RARE RED PANDA TRIPLETS were born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

ALICE, the daughter of the world's biggest rabbit, has hopped off with the title herself - after her huge mum died of stage fright.

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The Beatles, Daisy Kitty and Lewis, Moonmen, Cat Dance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BEATLES AT BUDOKAN! With all of the hoopla surrounding the Fabs' new box of remasters (including The Guardian's chart list of singles and albums and word and phrase breakdown, as well as Popdose's album-by-album review), it seemed like an opportune moment to revisit the lads in a judo arena. In June-July of 1966, the lovable moptops became the first musical group to perform at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, which engendered complaints from the older generations who considered it near-sacred ground. Consequently, the security for the trip was extensive; police stood shoulder-to-shoulder along the road from the airport to the hotel.  They performed five times in three days to audiences of about 10000 per performance. Oft-bootlegged, this is their show from June 30th --  Part 1 includes "Rock & Roll Music," "She's A Woman" and "If I Needed Someone."  Part 2 includes "Day Tripper," "Baby's In Black" and "I Feel Fine."  Part 3 includes "Yesterday," "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Nowhere Man." Part 4 concludes with "Paperback Writer" and "I'm Down."

KITTY DAISY and LEWIS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set that is wrongly labeled rockabilly (heck, one number is ska).

ALELA DIANE talks to The Guardian about touring with her Dad as backup. Her next project is an EP with Alina Hardin; you can stream a track online.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood talks to the Florence Times Daily about the upcoming Drive-By Truckers LP, and "The Fine Print," a rarities collection. (Thx LHB.) Captain's Dead is streaming Southern Rock Opera live from 2002.

THE BEST WORST VOICES in INDIE ROCK, according to Paste, with embedded audio.

THE 24 BEST VIDEOS THAT DIDN'T WIN A MOONMAN: This year the MTV Video Music Awards will include one for "Best Video (That Shouda Won a Moonman)" -- the nominees can be seen at the link.  My inner music geek says The Replacements' "Bast^rds of Young" should be on that list, while my innder dude says Aerosmith's "Crazy" should be there. But even within the myopic vision of MTV, how did Britney's "Baby... One More Time" end up empty-handed?

BIG STAR drummer Jody Stephens talks to Spinner about compiling the box set due next Tuesday.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of the 2000s, according to Complex. Lotsa clicking involved.

BILLY CORGAN has started EverythingFromHereToThere, "a collective of thoughts about spirituality and the greater good of life in general."

THE CUTOUT BIN: It's a raft of classics this week from Nick Lowe, the Undertones, Big Star, the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, Mission of Burma, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, plus a big 80s hunk  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Whiteout, currently scoring zero percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the remade Sorority Row, currently scoring 56 percent; and Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which was not screened for critics (as usual).  The animated 9 opened Wednesday, and is scoring 60 percent.

ELLEN DeGENERES is taking Paula Abdul's place as the fourth judge on American Idol.

HUGH HEFNER finally files for divorce. Shocka!

ASHLEE SIMPSON rubs Jessica's nose in it.

JOHN MAYER denies Kristin Cavallari rumors.

WHIP IT: Cinema Blend has four new clips from the roller derby pic starring Ellen Page and (director) Drew Barrymore.

DC ENTERTAINMENT: After years of lagging rival Marvel Entertainment in adapting comic-book properties for the big screen and other media, Warner Bros. unveiled a major restructuring of its DC Comics unit Wednesday that will bring its operations under tighter control.

BARRY MANILOW's catalog will support a new rom-com in development by Tom Hanks and Michael Stipe.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to meet with Pres. Obama to discuss his 9/11 conspiracy theory. Unlikely.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. Only 9 of 17 nations surveyed last year had a majority who think Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks.

AL QAEDA is under heavy pressure in its strongholds in Pakistan's remote tribal areas and is finding it difficult to attract recruits or carry out spectacular operations in western countries, according to government and independent experts monitoring the organization.

IRAN: Legendary NYC prosecutor Robert Morgenthau notes that Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez have created a cozy financial, political and military partnership rooted in a shared anti-American animus. Morgenthau claims that over the past three years a number of Iranian-owned and controlled factories have sprung up in remote and undeveloped parts of Venezuela-ideal locations for the illicit production of weapons. Meanwhile Israeli PM Netanyahu may have made a secret trip to Russia to discuss Iran's nuclear threat -- though Russian press reports should be taken with at least a grain of salt.

SURPRISE CAT DANCE: Let's go to the video.

FAT CAT: A Chinese man believes his two-and-a-half stone cat could be the heaviest in the world.

CARRIER PIGEONS are being used to transfer data between offices because bosses believe it is quicker than broadband.

UNDERWEAR-STEALING MONKEYS defeated by cactus.

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Richard Hawley, Beatles, Los Campesinos!, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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RICHARD HAWLEY released the first video from the upcoming Truelove's Gutter, "For Your Lover, Give Some Time."

THE BEATLES remasters are surveyed by NPR, including some mono-stereo comparison tests from Sgt. Pepper's. You'll also want to read the review from Chuck Klosterman: "Like most people, I was initially confused by EMI's decision to release remastered versions of all 13 albums by the Liverpool pop group Beatles, a 1960s band so obscure that their music is not even available on iTunes..."

ROKY ERICKSON (The 13th Floor Elevators, The Aliens) talks to The Quietus about the early days of his life and his career in general.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to Spinner about the band's experimental recording style. And this week, you can stream their Popular Songs album at the link.

THE MERCURY PRIZE went to little-known UK rapper Speech Debelle, defying the odds makers and becoming the first woman to take home the honor since rapper Ms. Dynamite in 2002.

LOS CAMPESINOS! has a video and free download of "The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future."

SAINT ETIENNE: Bob Stanley talks to The Quietus and Drowned In Sound about the deluxe reissues of Foxbase Alpha and Continental.

THE TWILIGHT SAD previews their Forget The Night Ahead album track-by-track at The Skinny.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan gets a meaty profie from The Guardian.

THE BESTEST SONGS OF THE DECADE: RedEye's Greg Gutfeld responds to Pitchfork.

UP IN THE AIR, the latest from Jason Reitman (Juno) and starring George Clooney, has an exclusive trailer at /Film.

MEGAN FOX claims she will never have a sex tape.

NICOLE RICHIE and Joel Madden are the proud parents of a baby boy.

KATHERINE HEIGL and Josh Kelley are reportedly adopting a baby this week.

PAM ANDERSON's latest boyfriend is a surfer and electrician.

ANTONIO BANDERAS explains Melanie Griffith's recent re-admission to rehab.

ROSE MacGOWAN lost part of an elbow shooting the movie adaptation of Red Sonja.

ARMY ARCHERD, who chronicled Hollywood's elite for over half a century as a Variety columinst, died at 87.

A BUNNY EATS PARSLEY: Let's go to the video.

CRICKET-SPITTING: Tips from experts.

KILLER BIRDS have been discovered attacking and eating bats by pecking their heads open. It's like Alfred Hitchcock meets Ozzy Osbourne.

CAT blamed for car crash. Is that you, Toonces?

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Wild Beasts, Stars of Track & Field, AA Body, Beatles, Giant Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WILD BEASTS drop a video for "All The Kings Men," and I think they get that it's kinda funny. Their upcoming LP is streaming via SoundVenue.

STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD is advance streaming the A Time for Lions album.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Pitchfork about his semi-Biblical album, The Life of the World to Come (due in October).

A.A. BONDY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his new album, the battle between artist intent and audience interpretation, recording...and whether cashing in on the Twilight vampire craze is something in which he's interested in. Streaming audio included.

THE BEATLES: The Telegraph lists 20 things you didn't know about the Fab Four (I knew most of them). The Salt Lake Tribune names the best Beatle book (and I recommend it, too). The Observer dares imagine a world without the Beatles.

BIG STAR: "September Gurls" do so much. Throw in The Bangles and it will be the like Twofer Tuesday I skipped yesterday.

46 ESSENTIAL ROCK READS, listed by the L.A. Times. Oddly, the first two in alphabetical order may be the two most essential.

FALL PREVIEW, courtesy of Paste magazine.

ECHO and the BUNNYMEN maestro Ian McCulloch talks to Rolling Stone about the band's new album, and milestones.

DANIEL JOHNSTON is profiled by Vue Weekly.

NINE, which opens today with a borderline fresh rating on the ol' Tomatometer, has another clip online.

JANET JACKSON is rehearsing for a Michael Jackson tribute at the MTV Video Awards this weekend.

TILA TEQUILA claims she is allergic to alcohol, which would tend to contradict the defense of NFL star and boyfriend Shawne Merriman to her claims of battery and false imprisonment.

GEORGE CLOONEY went public with his new galpal, Italian TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis.

TERI HATCHER is training for a triathalon.

THE BEE GEES -- or what's left of them -- are set to reunite for a series of live shows, six years after the death of their bandmate and brother Maurice Gibb.

JOHN MAYER and... Kristin Cavallari?

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, elegendary celeb photog, was in talks with a creditor owed 24 million dollars as a deadline passed for her to repay the money or risk losing the rights to her life's work.

KEVIN SMITH did a 24-hour tweet-a-thon with fans. /Film collected the interesting movie tweets.

IRAN: France and Israel accuse UN watchdog Mohamed El Baradei of deliberately hiding evidence of Iran's work on a nuclear bomb. Ahmadinejad says negotiations over his country's right to a nuclear program would be off the table.

AFGHANISTAN: Ahmed Rashida Pakistani journalist who has covered Afghanistan for 30 years, argues for a "Keep it Simple" strategy. He also correctly notes that contarry to the popular view, Afghanistan was not a failed state for most of the 20th century.

A NEW SPECIES OF GIANT RAT, has been discovered deep in the jungle of Papua New Guinea.

FANGED FROGS, from the same jungle.

THE SWAMP is friendly!

RHINO treated for flaky skin problem in Atlanta.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED YELLOW SPIDER has been named after David Bowie. I'm hoping it's not from Mars.

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New Releases, Big Star, Raveonettes, J Lennon, Dog Pool   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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INRGID MICHAELSON? "Maybe."

NEW RELEASES: Yo La Tengo, Polvo, Sondre lerche, Os Mutantes, Phish, A Fine Frenzy, and more are streaming this week via Spinner. Taken by Trees may still be streaming via NPR (if not, try Drowned In Sound).

BIG STAR is advance streaming the first disc from their upcoming box set, including demos and alternate takes on their classics.

SONDRE LERCHE played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

DALE WATSON did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all taken from Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two.

EARTH, WIND and FIRE: Because it's "September."

THE RAVEONETTES offered an exclusive advance track, "Last Dance," to stream or download at EW. And it's pretty awesome.

THE SIX PILLARS OF SOUTHERN ROCK, according to the Arizona Republic, with embedded audio.

JOHN LENNON: The lost interviews, uncovered by the Times of London.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. is reuniting for a UK tour in December, to mark the 30th anniversary of their second album, Metal Box.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Final Destination repeats at No.1, making 15.4 million over the long weekend and clearing a path to be the biggest grosser of the franchise. Inglourious Basterds held a close second with 15 million as it closes in on 100 million domestic, making all concerned smile.  All About Steve debuted in third with 14 million, despite Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper in the leads. Indeed, the trajectory over the course of the weekend points to this one tanking quickly.  Gamer debuted in fourth place with 11.2 million, which is good only because of its meager 12 million budget.  District 9 rounded out the Top Five with a 9 million take that pushed it over the 100 million mark domestically.

EXTRACT, the latest comedy from Mike Judge, debuted in tenth which is too bad.  I cannot say that it was as funny as Office Space or Idiocracy, but it deserved a better marketing campaign, and a better fate, than this.  Jason Bateman was as good as always, and Ben Affleck was actually intentionally funny.  Mila Kunis was also as charming as called for, though we could always use more of her.

TILA TEQUILA was hospitalized early Sunday following an altercation with her San Diego Chargers boyfriend, Shawne Merriman.  The linebacker was arrested and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, but Merriman suggests he was trying to stop her from leaving because she was intoxicated.

MATT DAMON enjoyed packing on the pounds for his role in The Informant.

LINDSAY LOHAN and her underaged sister Ali were spotted clubbing with Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, I Love You, Man).

AMY WINEHOUSE and ex husband Blake Fielder-Civil are back together, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL grew up believing her sister Emily was from the planet Neptune? That's one among many observations in an interview with the Daily Mail.

DOG PLAYING POOL: Let's go to the video.

PYTHON in a TOILET: Twice the size of a man.

SCOOTER, claimed to be the smallest dog in the world, died after reacting badly to medication following a broken leg.

DOG and CHEETAH, joyriding together... mass hysteria!

JUST WHEN YOU THUOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: Swimming was prohibited at all Atlantic beaches in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham for the remainder of Labor Day weekend after several great white sharks were seen off the coast. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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